Three Prince Quotes that Inspire Me

I could not decide on one quote today.


Yesterday it was all over the news about the death of Prince. Whether you are a fan or not, no one can dispute his impact on different generations…he was talented and unique. So, for today I chose three of my favorite Prince quotes.


My top favorite: “Despite everything, no one can dictate who you are to other people”. This was from a Rolling Stone interview. This quote resonated with me because I have times in my life where I have feelings of doubt based on my past and things I went through as a child. One of my life goals is to be a person I can be proud of and break the cycle of my past. I remind myself that I am in charge of my destiny and I am the one who makes choices for my life, good or bad.


Another quote I really like is “Compassion is an action word with no boundaries”. While this quote originated from the Vegetarian Times magazine in 1997, I prefer to apply it to life in general. I believe that without compassion there can be no growth, no development, and no improvement. Being compassionate is a choice and can be learned. Early on in my career, I was not compassionate, I focused only on myself. As I learned from others, from mentors, from experiences, I learned compassion for others. The world is more than oneself.


The final quote I am listing is “Everyone has their own experience. That’s why we are here, to go through our experience, to learn, to go down those paths and eventually you may have gone down so many paths and learned so much that you don’t have to come back again.” I think this was from a 1996 interview and featured on NME. I don’t know if I will ever reach a place where I have learned so much that I don’t need to go down that particular path of learning. I do know that this quote reminds me that everyone is different and unique. We each have our accomplishments, our successes, our goals, and things that make us who we are. I can say that there is nothing in my past that I would change, as it would change who I am today and I like myself very much.


Which quote is your favorite and/or are there others you would add?


Have a fabulous Friday.


Kind regards,



“It’s taken me all my life to learn what not to play.” – Dizzy Gillespie

Positive Quote: “It’s taken me all my life to learn what not to play.” – Dizzy Gillespie


I love this quote. It resonates with me. I spent a large portion of my early life, think first quarter of a century and a little more, thinking I couldn’t do things or that I could and failing at them. I didn’t know myself very well and was finding out who I was and what I was good at versus not so good.


What I learned along the way, is that if I am doing something that captures my attention that I am drawn towards, that I enjoy, that I have strengths towards, and I am in an environment that stimulates this…I can and will be successful. I am then intrinsically motivated.


It took quite a bit of failure to learn what I should not be doing. It does not mean I can’t do it, it means it may not be the thing for me. For example: I used to manage developers for different platforms. While, I understand the concepts of coding and can understand the basics, I would not be a successful coder. It is not what I am best at and does not engage all of my skills or strengths. I learned this and knowing this about myself helps guide me down the paths I should go on, narrowing them down, to avoid the side trips.


I would also recommend seeking feedback, perhaps one thinks they are good at something, yet, to others they are not quite at the expert level.


What do you think of this quote?


Have a fantastic Wednesday.




The Doughnut… Optimism versus Pessimism

Positive Quote: “Between the optimist and the pessimist, the difference is droll. The optimist sees the doughnut; the pessimist the hole!” – Oscar Wilde


More often than not, I am the optimist, yet, being pessimistic from time to time as well. I think the world needs both to continue to innovate, change, evolve, and meet the needs of things we did not even know we needed.


I like this quote much better than the saying of ‘glass half empty or half full’… I think it paints a better picture of the differences, yet also the value of each viewpoint.


There are times where a pessimist is needed to find the areas of potential or future risks, while the optimist is needed to help get the team over the roadblocks, the hurdles, the times where success doesn’t seem around the corner.


I also believe that the pessimist should be able to acknowledge and accept that the doughnut exists and has value. While the optimist should accept and acknowledge that the doughnut has flaws or areas of opportunity. It is like that in life, nothing is perfect, yet we can take control of what we can and make it the best it can be. We can influence our surroundings and make a difference if we try and believe we can.


What do you think of this quote?


As a side note, I personally prefer the doughnuts that are whole with filling. I wonder what that says about me?


Have a marvelous Monday.



“It is not what you look at that matters, it is what you see.” – Henry David Thoreau

Positive Quote: “It is not what you look at that matters, it is what you see.” – Henry David Thoreau


I have found it extremely interesting that two people can look at the same thing, yet see two different views. Do you see the opportunities, the issues, the new ways things can be done…or something different?


I for one am glad we see different things, it is what improves innovation, drives the world forward and helps us grow as a culture and individuals. Yet, I also think we each should stretch ourselves so that what we see becomes broader and deeper, versus skimming the surface area.


What do you think of this quote?


Have a tremendous Tuesday.




“In literature, as in society, the more we are divided, the more easily we are controlled.” – Michael Moorcock

Positive Quote: “In literature, as in society, the more we are divided, the more easily we are controlled.” – Michael Moorcock


This quote reminds me of the importance of diversity and inclusivity. Having people around you that are not like you help you and your area succeed and be better than a single person alone. It resonates with me that a team with differing points of view can pivot in many directions versus one where there is only one lens to see out of.


What do you think of this quote?


Have a marvelous Monday.